Appendix E

12/4/18

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID

Changes to Senate Policy 42-98: Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate and development of procedures when applicable

Rationale

The number of veteran and active duty service members attending the University has increased over the last decade and we expect to see their number continue to increase. In the five years between 2009-2014, the number of veteran and active duty service members bringing in military credits increased from 2,136 to 2,889. Our current policy results in those credits often coming in as general credit and these credits are assigned by the director of admissions. At Penn State it is important to establish how credits transfer and how those credits apply to a student’s program of study. Of the thousands of possible military courses and occupations that could come into the University, we’ve evaluated 236 as general or non-transferable. Additionally, there is also currently no consistency across the different branches of the military regarding the assignment of credit hours for basic training.

It is important to develop a process for evaluating credit so that students coming into the University receive appropriate and consistent recognition for relevant learning that meets degree requirements.

Recommendation

We recommend that military courses and occupations receive an evaluation by faculty in the discipline using the same categories available to transfer courses: direct, course-level, general education with or without a level, or subject general. With the availability of DANTES Subject Standardized Tests to civilians we also suggest additional revisions to the policy. With these changes, service members will see an increased number of credit evaluations that are also consistent.

Revised Policy

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

  1. Formal Military Service School Courses. A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be granted credit for educational experiences in the armed services under the following conditions:
    1. [Delete] General credit  [Add] Credit [End Add] may be awarded to a student upon certification by the Department of Defense of the formal military service school courses.
    2. Responsibility for the decision as to academic area of application and quantity of credit to be awarded rests with the [Delete] director of admissions [End Delete] [Add] faculty in the discipline [End Add].
    3. Guidelines for this decision are drawn from the most recent edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education.
    4. [Delete] Use of these general credits in the student’s program rests with the department concerned  [End Delete] [Add]  The college with academic authority for the student’s undergraduate program of study determines how credits will apply to the student’s program. [End Add]
  2. Military Occupational Specialty. A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be granted credit for occupational specialties held in the armed services under the following conditions:
    1. [Delete] General credit  [Add] Credit [End Add] may be awarded to a student upon certification by the Department of Defense of a Military Occupational Specialty.
    2. Responsibility for the decision as to academic area of application and quantity of credit to be awarded rests with the [Delete] director of admissions [End Delete] [Add] faculty in the discipline[End Add].
    3. Guidelines for this decision are drawn from the most recent edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education.
    4. [Delete]  Use of these general credits in the student’s program rests with the department concerned [End Delete] [Add] The college with academic authority for the student’s undergraduate program of study determines how credits will apply to the student’s program.
  3. Basic Training. Degree-seeking students will be awarded up to three credits of Health and Wellness toward fulfilling the General Education requirements for completion of basic training. If the credit recommendation is greater than three, the additional credits will be transcribed as general to give academic units the flexibility to apply them appropriately. [End Add]

[Delete] Health and Physical Education. A veteran or a member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be awarded credit for both health education and physical education for completion of basic training. Credit for basic training completed by December        1979 may be awarded as 1 general credit of health education and 3 general credits of physical   education. Credit for basic training completed subsequent to December 1979, with the exception of Air Force basic training will be evaluated using the catalog of the Community College of the Air Force. General credits awarded for basic training may be used to fulfill the General Education requirements. [End Delete]

  1. Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI). DANTES succeeded USAFI when USAFI was deactivated in May 1974; [Add] DSST exams were available to military and civilian testers in 2006 [End Add]. The USAFI records of veterans or members of the active armed services or the selected reserves who are students will continue to be reviewed, as will the DSST records, provided the candidate achieved at least the minimum score. [Add] Students must meet residency requirements as outlined in Senate Policy 83-80. [End Add]

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42-98 Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

  1. Formal Military Service School Courses. A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be granted credit for educational experiences in the armed services under the following conditions:
    1. Credit may be awarded to a student upon certification by the Department of Defense of the formal military service school courses.
    2. Responsibility for the decision as to academic area of application and quantity of credit to be awarded rests with the faculty in the discipline.
    3. Guidelines for this decision are drawn from the most recent edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education.
    4. The college with academic authority for the student’s undergraduate program of study determines how credits will apply to the student’s program.
  2. Military Occupational Specialty. A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be granted credit for occupational specialties held in the armed services under the following conditions:
    1. Credit may be awarded to a student upon certification by the Department of Defense of a Military Occupational Specialty.
    2. Responsibility for the decision as to academic area of application and quantity of credit to be awarded rests with the faculty in the discipline.
    3. Guidelines for this decision are drawn from the most recent edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education.
    4. The college with academic authority for the student’s undergraduate program of study determines how credits will apply to the student’s program.
  3. Basic Training Degree- seeking students will be awarded up to three credits of Health and Wellness toward fulfilling the General Education requirements for completion of basic training. If the credit recommendation is greater than three, the additional credits will be transcribed as general to give academic units the flexibility to apply them appropriately.
  4. Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI). DANTES succeeded USAFI when USAFI was deactivated in May 1974; DSST exams were available to military and civilian testers in 2006. The USAFI records of veterans or members of the active armed services or the selected reserves who are students will continue to be reviewed, as will the DSST records, provided the candidate achieved at least the minimum score. Students must meet residency requirements as outlined in Senate Policy 83-80.

Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid

  • Clark Brigger
  • Wei-fan Chen
  • Tracy Fausnight
  • Deirdre Folkers
  • Katherine Garren
  • Edward Glantz
  • Mark Horn
  • James Jaap
  • Robert Kubat
  • Melissa Kunes
  • Allen Larson
  • Timothy Lawlor, Vice Chair
  • Keith Nelson
  • Maura Shea
  • Jake Springer
  • Mary Beth Williams, Chair
  • Richard Young

Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education

  • Vinita Acharya
  • Jonna Belanger
  • Richard Brazier
  • Gretchen Casper
  • Theodore Cios
  • Delia Conti
  • Joyce Furfaro, Vice-Chair
  • Yvonne Gaudelius
  • Karen Henninger
  • Vicki Hewitt
  • Peggy Johnson
  • Peter Linehan
  • Katherine Masters
  • Jacob Moore
  • Kathleen Phillips
  • Karen Pollack
  • Vansh Prabhu
  • Michele Rice
  • Diego Santos
  • Elizabeth Seymour, Chair
  • David Smith
  • Michele Stine
  • Samia Suliman
  • Stephen Van Hook
  • Mikaela Westhoff
  • Chelsey Wood